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06 Nov 2023

Artist Jessica Owen opens Studio/gallery in Alderley Edge

Northern-Scapes by Jessica Owen Stand: 943
Artist Jessica Owen opens Studio/gallery in Alderley Edge
Jessica's signature huge dramatic seascapes with sustainability a running theme.
IT is said to be one of Britain’s best places to shop. And now Northern-Scapes in London Road Alderley Edge is giving us an entirely new perspective. Renowned artist Jessica Owen has moved into her new gallery and studio in the village centre. Her original creations of brooding skies with a strong concentration of light and dark have sold around the world. Now Jessica has made the converted building a new home for her work. After graduating John Moore University in Visual Arts Jessica, who lives locally, switched her focus from academia. Painting and the outdoors become an escape and solace after the loss of her father aged 17. Jessica sold most of her portfolio at a graduate show in London, giving her the confidence to pursue a future in Art. Twenty years ago saw her open northern-scapes in the Manchester craft centre. Since then she has enjoyed an upward trajectory, opening Northern Makes Gallery in Bollington 2018 and now in Alderley Edge. “After 20 years of painting professionally I’m fortunate enough to have many collectors is the area,”she said. “I saw this shop with a big bay window, tons of light flooding in, perfect for a studio, and a new gallery experience. One where the public can interact with the process. “My family are from the area, dad, nanna and poppa’s ashes are spread around an oak tree a minute down the road overlooking Alderley cricket club. It felt like a homecoming, just meant to be. “ I have so many happy memories of village life with nanna, cakes from G.Wienholts being a highlight! “My parents were childhood sweethearts, my mum a school girl at St Hilary’s of Alderley and my father at 6th form at Wilmslow grammar. My mother was 17 when I was born, my father left education to start a career in the police force. “They were deeply in love until his death to ‘Gloria’, the name he gave his cancer. A brain tumour. “I see myself being here for a long while. Until I retire and move by the sea. Once my girls, Bunny aged 10 and Tabby aged 7 are self-sufficient. My maternal grandparents have an isolated cottage in Wales, summers spent in the wilds. Camping on the Llyn Peninsula. A deep love of nature and the elements pour from the soul onto canvas. Big brooding skies with a strong concentration of light and dark dominate.” The gallery also represents the best of contemporary craft including Jewellery, leather, limited edition prints and ceramics. The Daily Telegraph (Sat 7.10.23) declared Alderley Edge as one of Britain’s top 25 shopping experiences, with “great energy, friendly people and everything you could possibly want on your doorstep.” Studio and gallery opening times: Mon 12-6 Tue 11-3 Wed 12-6 Thur 11-3 Fri Closed Sat 10-5 Sun Closed